Journaling & Decoding
Let’s dive deep into the bounty of your dream time and discover what your inner self is telling you about you!
Follow Raise Your State’s 7-Steps to Dream Decoding:
Rule #1: Write it down!
Recalling and journaling your dream is imperative to mine the golden nuggets you’ll find there. How often have you caught a dream in the middle of the night and think you will remember it in the morning – only to find it nowhere when you arise? And, how often have you awakened with a dream and as soon as you move into your day, poof–it has vanished? Even if you don’t catch all of your dream, you MUST write down what you can remember! Writing down the dream and feeling into the energy of your dream symbols will allow you to open to its deeper messages.
Rule #2: Check in with you.
Feel into your dream and listen inside from your belly. Recognize what sensations, feelings or intuition you may have upon waking. Early moments before your active waking mind has begun to attach to the waking world are invaluable. If you did a dream incubation, review the question you asked. Name your Dream!
Rule #3: Circle the Key Components!
Your next task is to circle each symbol, action or emotion in your dream as well as the people that played a part in your dream. Think of the people as characters or actors in your inner play.
Rule #4: Identify the Turning Point!
Dreams have a turning point which is important to identify. A turning point is a sudden shift or a spontaneous emotion. After circling your symbols, identify and tag the turning point.
A typical dream has three segments:
- Problem – The problem, challenge or unconscious side of the dream. This is our unconscious that is attempting to make itself known.
- Turning Point – The turning point. This will show up as a sudden shift. You might experience it as a quick change of scene or feel it as an emotion that arises.
- Solution – The solution side of the dream, which is your message for increased awareness, will show up after the turning point.
The key is to look for a moment of rapid change or a shift in awareness. It may take you awhile to spot it, but believe me it’s in there!
After you’ve caught the turning point, you can easily identify the problem side of the dream as well as the solution side of the dream. The problem side comes before the turning point, and the solution side comes after the turning point.
Rule #5: Ask Yourself Questions!
With each symbol, action or character you’ve identified, ask yourself:
“What is my association with this symbol – the red shoe, shovel or green car?”
“What is my association with this action – running, procrastinating, shopping at Target, or driving fast to catch up?”
“What is my association with this emotion – really furious, giving up, fear or betrayal?”
“What is my recent association with this person? How are they different from me or like me?”
Rule #6: Interpret the Dream!
Once you’ve done that, go to the States of Awareness page for more information on how to interpret your dream symbols through the four bodies of consciousness. I’ll be addressing how to do this more fully in my weekly Dream Tips videos.
Once you’ve identified the characters and your association with them, a great tool to deepen into their message is to do a right and left hand dialogue. This is not a required part of interpretation, but a helpful tool that many dreamers find to be a juicy way to dive deeper into the people in their dreams. A right & left hand dialogue looks like this:
If your dominant hand is your right hand, use it to ask your dream character what you want to know. This is you – your conscious self – asking your unconscious self questions about either the issue that came up on the problem side of your dream or the issue you asked about in your Dream Incubation letter.
Allow your non-dominant or left hand to respond with its candid message. Don’t be surprised if you can’t read your non-dominant hand-writing. What will happen is that you will discover its intelligence as you continue to ask questions and your dream character continues to answer. Through this method, as you deepen dialogue, you are bridging your unconscious messages with your conscious awareness.
Rule #7: Integrate the Dream’s Messages!
Bridging your dream messages into your outer waking life is a final step to integrating more of you into your life. You can take an action you have been guided to take. Or create a symbol, through any creative medium, that will reflect the message you have received.
Here are some examples from dreamers who made their dream messages concrete and conscious in their waking dream:
- “I called my old friend Kim who was in my dream and discovered a new found connection we currently have.”
- “The bird that was soaring in my dream let me to gather 3 feathers that represent the completion of my avoidance pattern to remind me to stay on track with my finances every week. These feathers sit on my desk as a clear reminder to take action and stay up to date with my expenses.”
- “When my dream shouted loud and clear that my health isn’t good, I immediately called my acupuncturist to schedule an appointment.”
- “Dreaming into the basement of my grandmother’s house woke a memory and led me to speak to my mother who I haven’t spoken to in 2 years. Our reconnection was really healing for both of us.”
- “When I – Sparkle – saw there might be a spot of cancer on my chest, I immediately went for a mammogram and discovered I had breast cancer. I caught it early and was able to heal it. That was 19 years ago.”
- “I was shown that I was in a yoga class and the teacher asked me to come up to the front and teach. A week later, I enrolled in yoga teacher training.”
- “My dream altar has many new objects on it, representing the courageous actions I’ve taken as a result of listening to my dreams.”
When you’ve taken the unconscious messages from your dream time and made them conscious by applying them to your life, you will truly experience the power of dreaming. You’ll be dreaming yourself awake!
CAUTION: Finding associations in dream books won’t give you what you need. Dreams are messages from your inner self. Your dream language is based on what your association is with the symbols presented in your dreams. No one else can know this. You are your own authority.